A Blast From The Past

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  Feb. 16, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Feb. 16.

Had a condo made of stone-ah, King Tut! On this date in 1923, archeologists opened the treasure-laden tomb of Tutankhamen -- a.k.a. King Tut -- in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Unlike the tombs of many of Egypt's other pharaohs, Tut's had been untouched by graverobbers.

In the mid-1970s, King Tut fever swept America as an exhibit of his treasures toured U.S. museums. People waited in line for hours, prompting comedian Steve Martin to record a novelty tune, titled "King Tut," that asked -- among other things -- "How'd you get so funky?"

Fidel Castro was sworn in as Cuba's leader on this day in 1959. He's still there -- although he's given up his cigars, trimmed his beard a bit and wears a business suit almost as often as those green fatigues. (He probably didn't like it when rock musicians began wearing the same things on MTV.)

Windbreaker jackets, much sheerer ladies stockings and a whole bunch of other stuff became possible on this date in 1933 when DuPont was awarded a patent for the synthetic fiber nylon.

And on this date in 1992, the Los Angeles Lakers retired the jersey number of "Magic" Johnson, who'd retired after discovering he was HIV-positive.

We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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